tv Nancy Grace HLN December 25, 2009 8:00pm-9:00pm EST
tonight, incredible. animals to the rescue. dogs, cats, even birds saving lives, fighting crime. tonight, amazing animals. paris hilton, you maif a chihuahua but i got it all over you. i have a wild dingo dog with me right now here in the studio with me. jack hanna of the columbus, ohio, zoo. also, what a show. i love this show. jack hanna's animal -- animal adventures, right? >> right, right. >> i saw you picking up a snake
and eating crazy nuts from africa. >> in africa it is good to get good foods so i eat whatever i can find. the dingo is one of the two wild dogs we have left. >> this is not a wild dog. >> this one won't be but it will be. >> and then the wild dogs of africa. the dingo goes in packs. not as many as the wild dogs of africa but the dingo is an animal -- >> what is her name? >> this is -- what is this one's name? megan. this one -- by the way -- >> wake up. >> ab ridge anies took the dingos from dens and the women breast feed them. in the animal -- >> he's cold. >> make ago kill and this was their hunting dog. >> they would raise the dingo as their own? >> exactly. >> because the ab ridgenys had to hunt with was spears. >> exactly. >> too cute.
>> but the dingo does not barks, only howls and they have a gland in the back of the tail and mark the territory with and must remember they're about 350, 40 purebred. most of them that you see in australia are inbred with domestic dogs sigh this one pure? >> oh, yeah. this is from the nabi zoo. >> joining me right now in addition to jack hanna, from the columbus zoo and jack hanna's animal adventures, jane velez-mitchell with her special reporter cabo san lucas. wait a minute. there's three investigative reporters. who's the other one? >> tina lou, a rescue given away when she was 9 because the owners had to move to an apartment that didn't take dogs. now she belongs with me. an incredible, incredible dog. both of these are. rescue a puppy from the pound.
>> jane, jane, jane, jane. you're here to report on an animal hero, not on cabo and nay. >> yes. these are my personal heroes protecting me by barking and whining at home when danger comes by but we are talking about 160-pound german shepherd timber wolf mix. cabo's 12 pounds. tina lou is 50 pounds. >> you are going to make it all about cabo and tina. hold on. take a listen to this. >> started to pim up and the snow started to pile up. i said, norman, we can't stay here. we'll die. it's 9:30. it is getting cold. very cold. watch, under the tree, dig. the whole thing as we say in hebrew was bashart. it was planned. it was meant to be. she takes her mouth and grabs my
jacket. throws me on top of her. i roll over on her back. i says, she wants us to follow. i said, keep crawling. oh, he thought we would never get out. it was quite a distance. and we get out and she pulls us out. we get on the back deck. we just got the back door open and we fell inside with her and laid there all night. >> so long story short, jane, the dog who was taken in like yours like my cat and i'm a dog person and i have this crazy cat that runs my life, they took the cat -- the dog in as a stray and he ended up carrying his elderly human mom on her back. the dog carried the mom on the dog's back all the way through this tunnel. >> absolutely. that is hero dog. not only that, this couple both of them 81 years old were both carried back through this tunnel that this german shepherd timber
wolf mix created after being trapped in the storm so the woman is on the back of the dog and the husband is hanging on and this 160-pound dog drags both of them back through this tunnel that the dog herself made. shayna the dog made back to the house saving both of their lives. >> they're 81-year-old seniors. totally, jack, as jane told us, snowed in. i forgot how deep -- how deep did the snow get, jane? >> well, what happened was it was in october and they weren't dressed for winter. they actually run a wildlife sanctuary and they were out tending to their crows without coats or gloves and this freak snowstorm not only brought snow but docked down trees and literally trapped in this sort of triangle of trees and snow and that's when the dog dug under the trees. >> uncredible. >> these animals are something. >> instinctively, jack, this dog
knew how to save the owners. >> we have golden retrievers and golden labs and what they know about us is unbelievable. when we're sick, they're crying and the dog over here, i don't know if you saw the animal over here. talking about animals helping animals. >> you are right. let's go to jeff brozi and dog jasper part of canine companions. jeff, thank you for become with us. hi, jasper. >> say hello, buddy. he is a mix, a service dog from canine companions located in five places around the united states. he's here just to provide, to help people with disabilities and from all different aspects, the disability is a spinal cord injury and jasper is part of my life for three years. >> these animals can do anything. they can take -- if you go shopping. he was injured in an automobile wreck. the dog puts the change in
there, bring it back down. they have 50-something commands. almost $50,000 a dogs. they don't pay for the dog. they get as he knows -- tough apply for the dogs and watch what -- i met them 1979 by man dropping the keys on the ground just like jeff here. show him. >> unfortunately, my hand function is limited. the dog, i drop a lot of things. a simple thing like a remote. jasper get it, good. get it. come on. good. just a simple thing like that, every day life, so much easier to survive and get around. >> the dog, it takes $50,000 to train the dog? >> train the dog. >> one dog. >> to train one dog. how long did you have to wait for jasper? >> almost two years after i signed up. >> about 175 dogs a year is how many they can do since 1975 but it is an asia maizing organization. they turn on light switches.
take the meat out of the freezer. put the stuff in the refrigerator. a guy had a beer and went over and got that for him. what these dogs can do is beyond -- more than that, though, nancy. the companion. it is people that used to take a lot of medicines as jeff know, people depressed. this animal is part of their lives. they go off the medicines a lot of times. it becomes -- then they become independent like jeff and do much -- >> what does jasper do for you? >> simple things. getting to mail -- >> jasper can get the snail. >> yeah. >> wow. >> every time he comes through get it is mail. dropping the keys in the street that i can't reach, he gets it. getting the phone if i need it in bed, he'll get the remote on the floor. >> you know what? people with the faculties don't understand -- my own brother-in-law is in a wheelchair and the smallest thing can become the biggest thing like you just said. dropping your keys. >> yeah nigh a spot where you can't get them.
>> nancy, the puppies are raised by raisers far year and a half and then go for six months, a difficult training. about 40% of them make it and then jeff comes -- >> who pays the $50,000? >> donations. all donations. >> now, okay. back -- jeff, you and jasper please don't move. >> okay. >> this does not seem like the wild, crazy baby eating dingo dog. >> no. somebody said that -- >> so cute! but i understand before we bring the fox out, twoef take away the dingo? >> yes. >> would the fox teet dingo? >> no. but just a baby dingo. here's susie. >> he would not teet fox. >> thanks, baby. >> she had two of them. >> bye, megan. >> that's what they call them at the zoo. >> $50,000? ouch! >> but you don't -- >> who pays for that? donations? >> yeah. i just got through the campaign
-- >> can you put that up to donate? oh, wait. never mind. look at this. look at this, liz. >> can she touch it? >> yes. >> just making sure, foxes carry ray byes. >> certainly do not bring a -- >> i would never do that. >> okay. he looks like he is going to bite. >> no. these guys would tell you that if it was in heat or something baby. >> now that i mel like a dingo -- >> no. >> i'm not a dingo. >> in england alone, in england, there are 2 million fox in england. can you imagine that? in london. in london, england, 2 million foxes in london alone. there's a gray, red fox, arctic fox. >> will he sit here? >> you probably better hold him. foxes are -- all over this country. you wouldn't believe it. fox also -- talk about with jeff with the canine companion. >> what would hedo on the table? >> slide and slip a little bit. remember something, most social creatures in the world. this fox here, i want to show
you another fox right here behind you. >> what is this one's name? what is that one's name? >> sierra. >> oh, oh, oh. >> this fox here -- >> oh, you're beautiful. >> isn't this something? this is a fin nick fox. the smallest fox in the world. full grown, six years old. >> will he bite? >> i don't know. >> might squirm around. >> no, i don't think you can do that. he has to hold him. >> squirm with his teeth? you stay right there. >> this animal loves scorpions. >> oh. >> loves scorpions. and they -- >> loves scorpions? >> pull it is stinger off. they're nocturnal. they live in the sahara desert in northern africa and big ears to keep them cool. there's blood vessels like an elepha elephant. >> turn to the side. he's bitty thing. >> animal that is help people, right? the fox, these two while we're at it. >> oh, wow. >> nancy, remember something. the fox is very social.
>> nice meet you. >> thank you, jarred. >> okay. if any of you people are thinking furr stole, get out. just get out. i wish you could see the whole floor here in the studio is full of people to meet jack hanna's animals and jasper and jeff. >> are they going to have a snigt. >> no. they're meeting each other. >> that was -- you have bad manners. >> look at the color of this animal. >> you need etiquette classes. >> look at the coat of this animal here and this is a different type of arctic fox from more south in the country. >> growling. >> south of the tundra, all right? arctic fox -- >> south of the tundra? >> south. way north. remember, they had to be white nor camouflage. these are the clean up like a buzzard. they clean up after the polar bears. you see that tail? that tail wraps around them and real cold like way below zero. >> can you see this thing?
it's thick. super thick. >> goes around the animals face so when the temperature 160 below 0 or whatever, they curl up. >> jane velez, can you believe that somebody would wear this around their neck like a human? >> no. i mean, you know what's really tragic? >> i get you tuned up but if you could see this beautiful -- i wish you could see it, jane. i wish you were here. >> i wish i was. >> just beautiful. even though one has very bad manner's. >> the government people hand them over and have them at pet when is they're little and turns into a disaster as jane knows. >> to have a pet like this is a disaster? >> oh, yeah. because they grow up. these animals can take your fingers or hand off. any wild animal in most states is illegal. >> what happened with siegfried and roy? what y did that happen? >> i think he tripped and fell. >> you are an expert.
>> right. but when they go -- when a big tiger or something -- below a cat, below their level, that's an automat toik go down after that, whatever that is. >> can you gate close-up on this? look at this little face. look at that. oh. you're so beautiful. >> again, a fox will take care of the sick, old. take care of everybody else before they feed themselves if they're in good health. >> within their own pack? >> yeah. >> why did that happen? >> because he fell over and below. he was below him and so a tigers go down automatically on anything below them. you always want to be a predator especially. >> with all the years of living with humans, didn't matter? >> doesn't matter, nope. unpredictable. >> you have to learn some manners. when we come back, real life pet detectives and animal heroes.
animal detectives, real-life animals to the rescue. birds, parrotts, cats, dogs. take a look at this pet. what kind of a penguin is it? >> not real lay pet. >> i didn't say -- well, to me -- >> right. but it's a jack penguin. they're raised. >> why couldn't he get near jasper? >> the penguin would be quite inquisitive. >> he might peck the dog? >> yeah. but see? this is a penguin. >> my favorite bird. >> sue's, too. >> you have funny-looking foot. >> black-footed penguin. 17 spe spi sys of penguin -- >> i'm getting to pet a penguin. wait, wait. his little wings feel like
vinyl. >> it's okay. >> like a steering wheel. what is this? >> go fast in the water and turn themselves. you remember. 17 species of penguins, 5 in cold weather. this is from south africa. they live in gallapogos islands and only five in the cold climates. >> do you trim his -- do you trim you wing at all right there? it's so perfect to swim with? >> oh, yeah. mother nature makes the animals to adapt to the environment tremendously. >> speaking of favorite birds, what about the hero parrott, jane velez? >> absolutely a hero parrott in pennsylvania named sunshine was home alone, dad at work when a robber burst in. this hero fiercely defended his home, bit the rober on the home. >> do we have video of that, liz? there they are. go ahead, jane. >> let out a huge squawk allowing authorities to pinpoint the time of the crime and the bite allowed authorities to
identify the robber. >> isn't it true that sunshine the parrott was found curled up in the laundry basket missing a lot of feather, very bloody and wouldn't sing for like three weeks but now sunshine is singing her cher songs? >> absolutely. does cher and dances in the shower while doing cher. so she is fully recuperated. >> just been attacked by a penguin. he actually kind of like gummed my finger. so you're telling me about sunshine the ar rot who attacked michael dieter. broke in for the camcorder and 100 bucks but not before sunshine the parrott bit him. he bit him on the head? >> on the hand and allowed authorities to identify him once they arrested him and he was doing some detective work, as well. >> wait. this parrott, i mean, this penguin is extremely aggressive. i think you need boot camp to calm down. >> you have to remember something.
more animal heroes saving human lives. this time, a 150-pound pig to the rescue. welcome back. a potbelly saves a boy from a pit bull. tonight, animal heroes, pets to the rescue. jane velez, i'm about to meet a badger hissing at me. could you tell me story about the potbelly'd hero? >> daisy, 150-pound botbelly pig. minding its own business. a neighbor pit pull charges,
daisy intercepts fighting to protect this little boy. and in fact, does protect the little boy. ultimately, a vet is called and they give him two cans of beer to medicate him. >> two cans -- >> jane, speaking of medicating with beer, this badger is hissing. it sounds like a possum. >> you talk about pit bulls which are very powerful animals and powerful -- >> i don't like the way he's looking at me. jane, he is close to being a hat. >> they use the badger for -- >> can i touch anything? >> feel this. notice how he has a lot of flab? say a predator comes and -- >> gobble, gobble. >> if they grab this animal, he has so much extra skin, he'll bite that animal in the head. >> tell me about a badger. this is the second show he's ever been on. >> no. he's at the zoo for -- >> second show a badger -- any
badger? >> this is the first badger i've ever known. not known but that tom has. >> why? >> a badger pound for pound is a very aggressive animal. like the wolverine. you see those claws? love to eat rattlesnakes, too. only place to hurt them is on the nose. >> renee rockwell, you're there with your dog didoit, bye-bye, badger. you are hissing at me. hey, dog witnesses. >> and -- i. >> love dogs. >> you know why these dogs are such good witnesses? because they won't lie. you have drug dogs, bomb dog, epilepsy dogs, diabetes dogs. >> cadaver dogs, scent dogs. drug dogs.
go ahead. >> it is expensive but you know when a dog, a parrott or a pig testifying against you because they don't lie. they'll tell it like it is. >> i never brought a pig into court but it ain't over yet, renee. when we come back, more with jack hanna and amazing animal heroes. >> and if i get assaulted, i don't need to say anything. the theory is knocked down in unconscious, there's not much i can say. he's trained to immediately apprehend the guy.
amazing animals helping our armed forces. crime scene investigators in law enforcement across the country and overseas, true animal heroes. >> the training, veterinary care, research and logistics facility that is support the navy's marine mammal program are located in and around san diego bay. >> our primary mission is to train marine mammals and people to participate as members of animal-human team that is provide a variety of missions in the open ocean of tremendous benefit. >> animal heroes. pet detectives. saving human lives. here with me is jack hanna of the columbus, ohio, zoo and
animal -- jack hanna's animal adventures which i have been watching. i love it. >> it is a lot of fun. >> 30 minutes? >> yeah. every week. >> because i saw two in a row and i couldn't tell all one big show or just -- >> all over the world. >> about the dolphins, that was secret until recently. >> exactly. at about 290 shows, a phenomenal show i've done. remember something. dolphins and sea lions. studies for the knave stroi see how to build torpedoes. what they found is how they're so sleek and so they said, maybe we can do something with the sonar. sure enough, you see here they have tremendous sonar. located the mines in the bay there in the vietnam war and then of course when september 11th happened, they protected the coast and ports and now iraq -- >> after september 11 snthd. >> yes. they were used to get the ships into the bays to locate the mines. dolphins, they locate the mines, they go down, the sonar finds them. they send up a buoy and the
divers go in. the dolphins doesn't get to the mine. puts a buoy there. goes up to the surface. is t sea lions you won't believe this. >> they're a favorite animal. >> they have a hearing that's a low frequency hearing. they put me in the water throughout at san diego where the center is. and then the centers for the animal when is where they train them. the sea lion found me in dark water at night and come up, like a bullet, puts a clasp on the leg like a handcuff and tied to a rope to the navy s.e.a.l.s or whoever and reel the terrorist or whoever it is in. isn't that amazing? eyesight down 1,000 feet. the sea lion down 1,000 feet and also can see things. >> see 1,000 feet? >> almost in the dark. >> when i dive -- >> right. >> -- after about 40 or 50 feet down, it's very difficult to see sometimes. >> impossible to see. but these animals, see we think that -- man thinks they can
build something to solve everything. these folks out there in san diego where they train the animals, i have to take my hat off to them. these animals done working or whatever they do, they go right back out. they keep them in the huge large areas, to go in the ocean, dhi and comes back. >> let me ask you something. you said they train 100 a day? >> only a 10 are trained in the world. >> 100 trained in the world? >> right now. to do this. >> so they actually protected our coast after 9/11? i did not know that. >> in iraq, when the ships went in to bring supplies, they had to sweep the bay for mines. >> wait, wait, wait. e liz both told me we have six minutes left and i believe i'm rude to my new guests. >> you are right. this is an arm dill lo. >> a baby. >> do they bite? >> you know what? they have bred on david letterman's desk. i'm not joking. they did. this is the result. >> please don't do that. i have to have you arrested for
public indecency. >> we were having a race. it didn't happen. >> scuttling around pretty quickly. i never thought i would get to hold arm dill lo. >> they did carry leprosy. >> this is her baby? >> yes. prehistoric. >> can i look at her stomach? do they get mad when you pick them snup i always wondered what was under there? i would do it like that and tickle it. >> from this country -- >> remember the hairy arm dill lo you brought that time with the long hairs? >> prehistoric. look that the animal here. this is jarred miller's. don't touch this. >> what is this? >> poisonous, right? >> powson glands, not glands, teeth. >> won't jump? >> no. it's a slow lawrence of asia. unique. look at animal. >> i don't know. you said it's poisonous. >> in my time, nothing turl, see very well at night. look at that face.
>> touch him? >> no. just the furr on the back. >> no, that's okay. okay. not going to whip around and like -- >> jarred has an animal here. >> whoa, whoa, whoa wait. i don't know enough about this one. >> eats insects. >> looks like a person. has fingernails. >> jarred, what are sna. >> fingernails on their fingertips. >> but what -- it looks just like. oh, poisonous. did they not tell you? >> i know he is. >> it is his animal. >> put your hand out. >> he'll reach with his hand. >> not feeling good about this. >> hey. >> he is over there. look at nancy. >> not looking. >> looking the wrong way. >> it's a -- please don't bite me. >> okay. his mouth is really close. >> no, no. >> poisonous snake poise snous. >> he'll grab it. he's not going grab it, is he? >> no. he's too slow.
>> why is he poise snous. >> what is it? >> affects the babies. they lick their babies and cover them with the poisons. >> he is not going to eat the blueberry. >> and meal worms he really likes. >> what? >> meal worms. >> i would rather feed him the blueberry. >> they're asian and knock turl. >> what would the bite do to a human? >> wouldn't kill you? like a bee sting. you remember, a real small animal, it would be bad. this is used in the pet trade. this next animal used in the pet trade. >> he won't eat right now. >> okay. i don't want to force feed him. >> that is little spider monkey. jarred got this animal -- >> there you go. he'll grip right on to you. >> oh, sweet. >> see? sweet. but understand at home. illegal to own them. number two, carry diseases. >> why ill sfleel. >> just illegal. >> a him or her? can you see her/him face?
>> it is a show animal to talk about exotic animals and what happens when people own them. >> please don't bite. >> they have them at the zoo. a lot of times we cannot take them. >> you wouldn't like it i don't taste very good. >> we can't take them. law enforcement people come in there aern have to take them. >> why ill sfleel. >> because everyone wanted them -- everyone wants a monkey. nancy and this is not -- they're not clean. they bite. >> looks very clean. because you gave it a bath? >> no, no. no, most people don't know how to care for an animal like this. >> looks like curious george. >> analyze zoo logical area. >> can i give it a berry? don't bite fingers. >> spider monkey is called that because they live their life in trees. >> dusty, can you -- girl or boy? >> a girl. >> sweet.
>> do you see, nancy, how the legs are long like a spider, arms? spider monkey. swing 20, 40 feet in the trees. >> how did you meet your wife? through a goat? i don't think she even exists. because you always talk about her. >> someone find my wife out there, susie? if my wife is out there. find her somewhere. >> you told me the story about -- >> my other wife, susie. let me get this straight. >> cheerleader or you were -- tell me. >> shaefs cheerleader in college. >> a donkey? >> yeah. >> not a goat. this monkey has -- wait a minute. he went -- >> he's fine. >> she. >> she's fine. >> there you go, jarred. >> the monkey likes me, jarred. not you. >> renee, do you remember the last time i brought a dog witness into court to find in front of the jury to find the cocaine? that he found in the doper's
house? do you remember that? we started practicing with the dog at 6:30 in the morning. and the dog found the cocaine in five different -- hidden spots in the courtroom. renee, i think they make the best witnesses. >> they do, anna nicole sy. the jury knows that that you can't coach the dog and forget about it. the parrott that bit the guy on the hand. the blood on the break, that guy needs to cut a deal. good job.
there are 150 cats here. the next door neighbor is another female lion. this is tovi, a cougar in heat. nearly every animal is here because their owner no longer wanted them. >> we found carriers in the front gate before. a bobcat. >> nearly every an small a by-product of a booming u.s. trade in exotic animals. >> pet detectives. real-life animal heroes that save human lives. and with me here on the set, in addition to jane velez-mitchell and renee rockwell, jack hanna of jack hanna's animal adventures from the columbus, ohio, zoo. and who is this? >> this is a baby kangaroo.
>> don't rip my throat out. >> no, no. a marsupial, obviously. some people have pets but some people did a good job of raising these for zoo logical parks. >> wait a minute. before you start the whole exotic pet ban, also with us tonight for the first time on air -- >> never done this. >> the family of jack hanna. they really exist. this is susie, who they met through a donkey. i'll go no further. these are your daughters, right? >> new susan here, she has four children and julie, my youkest and one kathleen who lives in eng lands. >> i didn't think you really existed. okay. now, the ban on exotic animals. >> right. right now all the states have certain bans except for about 11 states. the thing, is nancy, we have to make sure that people -- >> is this an exotic animal? >> yes. i would consider it exotic. >> why are her ears so big?
>> obviously to hear with. >> what kind of kangaroo. >> red kangaroo. the mother will kick the baby out prematurely. here's an example here, nancy, of an animal that should never be a pet. >> do i have to lose the kangaroo? >> i would. >> what is her name? >> pogo. >> bye, bye, love. >> this is for the columbus zoo. you wonder why, this next animal, see this right here. that is -- >> you don't have a snake, do you? >> this is the skull of the cat. clouded leopard. >> will he think i smell like an animal and bite snim can i touch snim. >> only 300 left in the wild in the world we think in asia. all right? the coat sells for -- >> beautiful. >> sells for $80,000 in the black market. $80,000. >> no. >> yes. longest canine teeth. see the skull here. of any cat in the world.
lives 90% of the life in trees. >> look at these fangs. >> beautiful. >> which one? sit up here? come here. come here. >> can i touch him? >> beautiful. come here. that's okay. come here, come here. >> isn't he glorious? it would go to the highest places and see here. but this animal here -- >> how snoeld. >> more of them parks than in the wild. >> only 300 alive? >> well, no. there's more in zoo logical parks than in the wild. there's about 300 we think left in the wild. we're not quite sure. >> you know what? you just come here and we can look at -- the viewers look at him with you. he is eating your hair. >> yeah. >> you're pretty. don't bite my throat out, snok. >> gorgeous cat. they can't growl. >> why? >> they just can't. they have a slight -- see that whine. likely i don't knows and tigers can. this cat can't. long tail for balance.
90% of the lives in trees. >> look at the tail. long and beautiful. so this animal's pelt would be $80,000? >> exactly. almost not quite full grown. >> did you hear about the guy -- >> thank you. >> -- here in nork -- bye. >> here's another. i'm sitting on a wire. that was raising a tiger and what else was it, liz? in his apartment. ellie? >> i remember that, yeah. >> raise ago giant. >> that is the problem. these animals like tigers and lions as pets. >> i know what that is. >> that is skunk. you talk about -- >> i know what they do. >> people cannot have them at pets. >> can i touch him? >> yeah. most people have a -- this is not an animal turned in to the zoo. >> showing them his behind. show them his little face. >> why wouldn't you have it as a pet? carrying the ray byes virus. >> spraying a stinky perfume.
>> people have them descented but they bite, they carry diseases and most places can't take it out of central habitat. leave it along and call somebody that knows what they're doing. >> but, but, this animal, what type of a skunk? >> striped skunk. skunks are all over north america. adapting to our environment right now, nancy. here's animals here that people -- >> did you see where monkeys are taking over the big cities in india? >> oh, yeah. >> because people encroached on their terrain. nowhere else to go. >> right. >> they're all over the street. >> you can't hurt monkeys in asia. here's another animal. >> oh, i asked specifically for no snakes. i'm sure i said no snakes. here's ahonduran milk snake. >> what he has is a gila
monster. >> wait. can you put his tongue facing the other way? and so i can touch him. ah, ah, gross. sorry. i don't have a -- okay. his tongue is red! >> that's all right. thank you, tom. >> some people try to have this or not. that is poisonous animal, gila monster. >> then why is he sitting here? >> this animal you have to -- you have to really be aggressive for it to bite him. never touch it if you don't know what you're doing. look at this. look how nature made it. the tail is like the head. similar. >> very. >> if a predator trying to attack, he'll turn the tail around and the predator pulls the tail off and he'll run away. >> that is gila monster? >> yes. >> i always heard of them. >> i wanted to show him. people try have them out in the desert and never do that. >> where does it live? >> in the deserts out west. >> jasper, are you enjoying this? with us still -- oh.
can you show jasper? >> can you imagine this dog? canine companion. through the animals -- >> totally well behaved. >> he has not moved. that's why the training is so vital to these animals. >> this guy's tongue is scary. did you see that? >> that's how he's locating. kind of smells you over here probably. >> tell me. remember the turtle you brought that goes down the hall and makes a left turn? >> lucky. >> another turn and eats a tomato. >> lucky. >> how's lucky? >> 30 years old. lives another 75 years probably. >> tell me what you do at the zoo. >> what doi? >> uh-huh. >> clean cages. no, no. no. >> what else? >> i help start the zoo in 1978. i was director many years and then jerry was the director and i promote and plan the new exhibits, sit on the board. it is just columbus zoo one of the largest in north america. >> i can't wait to see it. >> beautiful do. a show. >> before we go to break, take a look at jane velez-mitchell with
cabo and tina. there they are. renee rockwell here with -- where is he? >> i don't believe this. you never think it's going to happen to you. my little girl's baptism dress. things i've had since i was five. halloween costumes, pictures and everything. >> charlotte is devastated. everything she's worked for and collected completely destroyed within minutes. >> just really hard that everything is a total loss. >> but charlotte is alive, thanks to her cat diamond oliver. >> i fell back to sleep and it kept on my face, purring on my face. get off me, i'm trying to sleep. i kept pushing him off, but he bit me. i woke up, i smelled something, i looked at the kitchen and it was all engulfed in flames.
>> charlotte ran upstairs and climbed out the bedroom window, on to her roof. fortunately charlotte's two kids were at grandma's spending the night. i'd hate to think. they're fine, they may not have been. >> diamond ended up singhing her eyes and cutting her legs. >> i'm glad he saved my mom's life. >> i'm not a cat person, but today i like the cat.
the animal trade is second only to the drug trade in raw dollars. literally billions of dollars are exchanged in the animal trade. >> with us back is the wild dingo dog. fyi, you're a little stinky. >> and a lemur. >> which you would never have as a pet. >> 24 this pet became extinct because people tried to have them as pets. >> what about the man here talking about banning exotic animals? >> he had a bengal tiger and alligator in his apartment. >> 500 pound alligator and
bengal tiger in his apartment. now, tell me about the lemur. >> it's a very rare animal. >> the lemur is gorgeous. >> yes. >> its got like three different colored fur. they're not going to beat each other, are they? >> no. the lemur is from mad gagascar. a beautiful tale. this animal is a kinkachu. >> why would she bite paris hilton? >> this was used in the pet trade in the '60s. no one should ever have this as a pet. it doesn't work. >> how do we go about banning -- >> we passed laws, which we're trying to do now. >> you wrote a book. >> it's about canine companions, it tells the story about the
canine companion. it's beautiful what these folks do. you know, these are the -- no offense, but these are the greatest -- no offense, but these are the greatest gifts i've ever ever had. i can't wait to come visit you and your beautiful family. i can't wait. >> as we all celebrate christmas tonight. let's stop to remember army sergeant todd singleton, 24 killed in iraq on his second tour, awarded the bronze star, purple heart, loved bowling, shooting pool, riding his crouch rocket and cakaraoke. he leaves behind a wife and daughter. thank you for being with us tonight and inviting all of us into your home. on this most holy night, we welcome the prince of peace.
see you tomorrow night 8:00 sharp, until then. good night and merry christmas friend. coming up, a special presentation of the joy behar show. 2009, enough already. we'll take a heartwarming look at the people who made a difference this year. tiger woods who went into the community and spread more seeds than john deer. the gosselins and the octomom whose courageous story taught america how to birth a nation.